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Tech! Five features you must disable on new smartphones

Most people now use smart phones especially for the fact that some of these phones are now affordable. One thing a number users may not know is that you don’t just buy a smart phone and start using without deactivating certain features. Read this interesting piece to know the five features you may need to disable from a new smartphone you have just bought, according to Androidpit.com.

  1. Automatic brightness and other features that affect battery life

Manufacturers offer an automatic brightness system. The smartphone detects the ambient light level and adapts its display so that it remains comfortable to read. This is a laudable idea, but the resolution is disappointing most of the time since the luminosity threshold is usually higher than you need.

Brightness means energy, and the consumption will increase, which means your battery will ultimately be paying for it. In short, turn off the automatic brightness and calibrate it yourself. You will get more battery life out of it.

The screen is the element that most affects your smartphone’s autonomy, so you have nothing to lose by taking a look at your screen options to see if something needs to be changed. This of course depends on your use and habits, but in most cases, it is useless to keep the screen on for more than a minute.

  • The secret is to improve battery life on any phone.
  1. Useless and cumbersome bloatware

Your smartphone most likely contains at least one app that does not interest you. Whether it is a service from Google (for example, Duo), an app pre-installed by your operator, an app from the manufacturer, or a sponsored app. The number of these apps varies according to the manufacturer, but what is certain is that these apps not only take up space, but may also run in the background. In many cases, these apps can be deleted (and you are better off deleting them).

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As a rule, Google apps cannot be deleted (at least not without hacking). Some apps pre-installed by manufacturers cannot be uninstalled either. So, what you have to do is simply disable them: not only will they take up less space in the system, but they also will no longer bother you. To do this, go to the Settings, find the list of apps and search to find the one you are looking for.

  1. Animations and transitions

If your smartphone is not very powerful, you should do everything you can to make it run a bit more smoothly. There is one little trick that can help you on a daily basis: disabling transitions and animations. To be more specific, these are the effects you see when you switch from one screen or app to another: they can be pretty, but they are unnecessary. If you disable them, transitions will be faster.

All you have to do is simply enable developer options. Once you have done this, you will find the developer options menu and ‘Window animation scale’, ‘Transition animation scale’, and ‘Animation duration scale’. Once you have done this, you will have to reduce it (for example, to 0.5) or deactivate it.

  1. Vibrations and sounds

These vibrations and sounds are intended to mimic the response of a physical button, but in practice, they are usually quite irritating. Even worse, they will impact your device’s autonomy. In short, you should ask yourself if this feature really is of value to you. If this is not the case, you should deactivate these features.

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To disable these sounds and vibrations:

  • Go to Settings > Sound & notifications
  • Once you are in this menu, you can disable everything: Dial pad sounds, Screen locking sounds, Charging sounds, Touch sounds, Vibrate on touch, etc.

Please note: if the smartphone is being used by an older person who does not have a great sense of touch, it is recommended that you leave the vibration on so that they can better feel the screen.

  1. Personalisation for advertisements

Of course, Google uses your private data to get to know you better, which allows it to target you with ads. By accepting Google on your phone, you accept the rules of the game: it will get information about you through its various services and apps. You cannot do much about this (unless you boycott Google), but you can decide whether apps can use your ad ID or not. If you decide to disable this option, Google won’t be able to offer you targeted ads (but they will continue to send you ads anyway).

To do this, simply go to Settings and search in the Google menu. You will then find ‘Ads’, and there, you will be able to set which apps may use your ad ID to create profiles and run custom ads. Of course, if you want to see targeted ads, it is better to leave this option enabled, but you will not prevent Google from getting information about you.

Reasons for disabling the five features

Optimisation and fluidity: We all want an ultra-fast smartphone that loads applications quickly and offers maximum battery life. Some of you will have an advantage over others (if you have a powerful smartphone), while others will have more difficulties. In both cases, it is recommended that you avoid as many problems as possible.

User experience: The experience you have with your smartphone depends on many elements, some of which can be quite subjective. Some things can be really painful on a daily basis.

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Privacy and confidentiality: If these words are important to you, you know that they have been in the headlines in recent weeks. The Cambridge Analytica case has catapulted Facebook to the forefront (due to criticism of its business model and the exposure of some of its practices), and other big names in technology have quickly followed up by providing more precise user conditions.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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